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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

WIPocalypse Report

I've missed the past few WIPocalypse reports, but I made it back for this one.  I've been working my way through my 'to stitch' list, even though I forgot to report.  In the past month I have stitched, but not yet made up, six Christmas ornaments.  These six ornaments are the final ones on my stitching list for 2015.  When I have made them up, my Christmas ornament tally for the year will be 50.

First, a "Baby's First Christmas" ornament for my very new greatniece Annabelle (just 3 weeks old today):
Teddy chart is a DMC freebie (I changed most of the floss colours)

Then, ornaments for a three year old boy and his very special bear Dougal, made for him by his grandma:

The stocking chart is adapted from a chart in LA's Christmas Caboodle leaflet.

And finally, ornaments for three sisters.  Two of the ornaments are ready for finishing up, the third one still has to have its beads added. In fact all three are exactly the same size, despite the size difference here. These are my own design.

Now for the discussion topics:
Pick one of the WIP pieces you’ve stitched on this month, and tell us about your stitching journey with the piece, and where do you buy most of your stitching supplies?
Not much to say about my WIPs - this month they were all Christmas ornaments.  Each year (for the past 25 years)  I make personalised Christmas ornaments for many children (and a few adults) who visit my Christmas house in December.  It started small, but it's sort of got out of hand, and now I make around 50 each year.  The two Christmas stocking ornaments that I made this month were requested by one of my sisters, for the 3 year old grandson of one of her work colleagues.  I don't know the child or his family. My sister will bring the little boy, his grandmother, and possibly other family members over to my house for a Christmas visit this year.  Often a one-off Christmas visit like this turns into an annual event, which I enjoy.
I get my stitching supplies wherever I can - from craft shops, online needlework shops, eBay, occasionally from needlework shows.  Lately I have been buying from online needlework shops in US (mainly 123stitch)  because even with the bad exchange rate and the cost of postage, it's cheaper to get things sent from US than it is to buy them locally (in Australia) - and sometimes they just aren't available here anyway.

OK then, that's all from me for this month.  In October I will make up my final six ornaments, and start - and hopefully finish - a name sampler using an Aussie-themed alphabet for a baby cousin, born and living in New York of Aussie parents.


Justine said...

These are gorgeous ornaments. It must be Christmas all year round in your stitching basket!

Lynne Frankham said...

True - and that's the way I like it!

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Le trame della Galaverna said...

You did great projects.
They are so beautiful.
You have fairy's hands

Annie said...

How talented you are to design such lovely ornaments yourself! Love the beads you've added! It is the same thing here in Sweden - it is cheaper to but online from abroad than to buy it here...

Rose Barrow said...

Oh those Christmas trees are just fantastic!!!!!!! Love the other ornaments as well but those trees just really grab the eye!!!!!!!!!!!!

jocondine said...

Love all the ornaments you've done. So lovely! Must keep in mind the Annabelle's 1st Christmas gift idea for the next birth in the family, and find a pattern to stitch... for the end of 2016! Hugs

Julie said...

Your family are very lucky to receive one of your special ornaments to hang on their tree.
Congratulations on the new addition to your family.